23 Jul 2013 11:40
WINDHOEK, 23 JUL (NAMPA) With a direct landing point of the West Africa Cable System (WACS) at Swakopmund, Namibia is positioning itself as the telecommunication and Internet hub in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
This was said by Information and Communication Technology Minister Joel Kaapanda on Tuesday in a speech read on his behalf by his Special Advisor Mvula ya Nangolo during the official opening of the 7th Africa Service and Network Operators (SNO) workshop underway in Windhoek.
The four-day workshop will discuss the overall information technology and telecommunications context of Africa, as well as network and service management on the continent.
Kaapanda said Namibia has so far extended its fibre links to other neighbouring countries such as Zambia and South Africa, with the view of extending the economic and social benefits of the cable to neighbouring states.
The governments of Namibia and Botswana in 2011 jointly participated in financing the development of WACS, which allowed the two countries to gain high-speed Internet access and provide the two peoples with affordable, accessible information and communication technology services.
The underwater fibre-optic cable connects Namibia and Botswana to West Africa and Europe.
WACS provided us with additional external capacity, and enhanced our overall network redundancy.
This will work to strengthen our resilience against any disaster which may disrupt our external telecommunications services, he said.
With a WACS landing point, the government of Namibia, through Telecom Namibia, recently activated four international points of presence in Johannesburg, Cape Town, London and Frankfurt to reduce the costs of international connectivity.
Participants from South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Israel, Ghana, Botswana and Swaziland are attending the workshop which ends on Friday.